23 May UKMFTS 600 Day 1 – RAF Valley to RAF Shawbury
After months of planning, UKMFTS 600 successfully rolled out of a foggy RAF Valley this morning to mark the start of a 672 mile partnering journey between Affinity, Ascent and 22 Group. The bike ride is also in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund (our fundraising page can be found here) which does excellent work for RAF personnel and their families. Today’s leg of the journey took us from RAF Valley, the home of Basic Flying Training on the Texan T6-C, to RAF Shawbury, where the rotary element of UKMFTS will is based. Today’s ride covered 115 miles, up 2,024 vertical meters and took 6 hours and 13 minutes – a big start to a long week! Tomorrow we will travel across to RAF Cranwell, the home of RAF flying, and where the Grob Prefect and Embraer Phenom will be based to support Elementary Flying Training and Multi Engine Pilot Training respectively.
Setting off from a foggy RAF Valley
A long climb up the Llanberis Pass
Time for a break at the summit of the Llanberis Pass
A well deserved cold drink upon arrival in RAF Shawbury